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Michael Behrenfeld

behrenfm [at]

Office: 541-737-5289

Cordley Hall

Cordley Hall 4523

2701 SW Campus Way

2701 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

A primary thrust in my research has been to bridge fundamental understandings in physiology and biochemistry with broad-scale understanding of biospheric functioning. Topics of my research include photobiology, plankton ecology, biospheric remote sensing and development of satellite sensors/applications, optical approaches to ecological/physiological problems, biochemistry & biophysics of photosynthesis, physiological responses to environmental stresses, plankton predator-prey relationships, ocean-atmosphere interactions, carbon cycling, phytoplankton evolution.

(Physiological-ecology of marine algae, biogeochemcial cycles, remote sensing of the biosphere, novel optical approaches to understanding algal ecology/physiology, biochemistry and biophysics of photosynthesis, physiological responses of plants to environmental stresses, and regional and global ecological modeling, climate change and carbon cycling.)

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Affiliated with: 
Ag Botany / Plant Path
Courses Taught: 

Environmental Physiology of Plants: BOT 488/588

Photosynthesis and Photobiology: BOT 480/580

Professional Accomplishments


Ph.D., 1993, Oregon State University

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Kelsey Bisson (lead PI), together with Michael Behrenfeld (Co-I) & Emmanuel Boss (UMaine, Co-I) received NASA funding to study Arctic and global ocean phytoplankton using the newly launched ICESat-2 satellite lidar.

Toby Westberry, along with Michael Behrenfeld and Jason Graff, received NASA funding in support of the ‘The Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem’ (PACE) mission.